I was speaking with my boyfriend about something that I just find disgusting and saddening. There was an article that came out recently about a South African preacher who encouraged the congregation to eat grass in order to be closer to God, seriously, if you have not seen this article already, you need to.
The meaning of my title is the Middle East make money out of oil but Africans make money out of religion. Africans are the most religious group of people I know, through all kinds of struggles many Africans will pray and do all they can in the name of God to get closer to God and to get their prayers answered. Now, I am Christian myself and I love God and Africa and it really is sad and disturbing that there are people out there exploiting the goodness and money of people in order to get their personal success.
When I was in New Zealand, I was attending a church that even at a young age knew that it was wrong. The pastor at the church would preach about how giving money to the church would help the success of the church, they talked about building new churches, helping the needy and people in the congregation would compete giving $10,000 and more and yet no new churches were built, no one was helped instead the preachers became richer, buying new cars, going on holidays on the money of the congregation.
|Julia Eckel: Revival 1934 by Smithsonian American Art Museum|
March 30 2009
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